Does a person need to be outgoing to be a receptionist?

I applied for a receptionist job at a country club and at a doctors office. I have a job interview at the country club, tomorrow. I am a little shy. I am extreemly organized, good at grammar/spelling, neat, and don't mind putting forth extra effort. I think that I would be good at a secretarial job, but I couldn't find any job openings for clerical work. I was a waitress, a few years ago, and I didn't feel that I was quite outgoing enough. Do you think that someone who isn't extreemly outgoing could still be a good receptionist?

Asked By: SkiGURL - 5/29/2008
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If I turn up at the country club I want someone who knows where the facilties are, knows how to get hold of the relevant manager/department, who will smile and be friendly and even have a chat if chatted to and there isn;t a queue of customers... More
Answered By: The 13th Duke of Wybourne - 5/29/2008
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It looks like you have all the right qualities. No you don't have to be extremily outgoing just efficient at what you do.
Answered By: wisegirl74 - 5/29/2008
You don't have to be super outgoing. You just have to be friendly and professional. You do have to be comfortable with talking to many different types of people. I wouldn't hire people that talked too much because I knew they would get distracted. Remember friendly and professional.
Answered By: esechica - 5/29/2008
As long as you are polite and professional with the clientele you should be fine. After a while you will get over the inital shyness. The best thing to remember is to be patient and stay calm when you have an upset client. Becoming a receptionist is a great way to get your foot in the door for clerical work. Best of... More
Answered By: MB - 5/29/2008
You don't have to be a social butterfly or cheerleader.. Polite and friendly, yet reserved will serve you better in a professional environment that being too bubbly. Be friendly, well groomed, use good grammar, present yourself well and be polite. You'll do well. Good luck!!!
Answered By: Lorie W. - 5/29/2008
i think that your confidence in the skills that you do have could make you a great receptionist. However, I do believe you need to be able to relate to people in a friendly out-going manner. If you think you can adapt and grow as a person this could be the key to get you to be more outgoing. As long as you are up front... More
Answered By: runzwsizorz - 5/29/2008
You are usually the first point of contact at a company and the employer wants to make a good first impression. As long as you are cheery, personable, friendly, and polite I don't think NOT being outgoing would hinder your job opportunities. I wouldn't dwell on it either. If its bothering you or you are nervous about... More
Answered By: Becka - 5/29/2008
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